DINER: “Two Chefs” Take Over The Eats At The Cultch And Launch “Founders’ Lounge”

L to R: Owners Karl Gregg, Allan Bosomworth, Francis Regio, Rodney Scharf

The triumvirate behind Two Chefs And A Table in Richmond have taken over the food and beverage program at the Vancouver East Cultural Center (aka The Cultch) on Venables. The venue has a liquor primary license and sports a 38 seat wine bar – dubbed Founders’ Lounge – with some 12-14 small to medium items of comfort food. They’ll also be serving the rest of The Cultch’s event space, including the 102 seat Vancity Culture Lab (all told, 280 seats). Former Boneta staffer Rodney Scharf is taking on the key managerial role. Here are some shots that we took during renovations:

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The first batch of PR is coming out today, and you can read it after the leap…

Just in time for opening night of Penny Plain, the latest production from world-renowned puppet artist Ronnie Burkett, East Vancouver’s highly respected Two Chefs and a Table have taken over management of all food programs at The Cultch. The Two Chefs team are going to run The Cultch’s food services using the same fresh, locally-sourced and sustainable approach developed running their original Alexander St. bistro and the groundbreaking nose-to-tail Big Lou’s Butcher Shop on Powell St.

Chefs Allan Bosomworth and Karl Gregg and the entire Two Chefs team are working to quickly put their stamp on the menus at The Cultch including the popular Café & Wine Bar, now renamed the Founders’ Lounge, referring to Cultch founders and artistic visionaries Chris Wootten, Wendy Newman and Murray Skikas. Along with updating menus, Two Chefs and a Table will be developing a catering program for special events at The Cultch based upon the highly popular catering offered from their Alexander Street and brand-new Richmond locations.

“We’re extremely proud to be working with an East Vancouver icon like The Cultch,” said Allan Bosomworth. “We’re all Vancouver kids and have great memories of shows there. We can’t wait to put our stamp on their food by offering patrons some of our signature dishes alongside some new creations we’re developing specifically for The Cultch.”

The 38-seat Founders’ Lounge is open six nights a week from 5:30-11pm serving tapas, wine, craft beer and cocktails to event attendees and the public alike. It’s also available for private bookings on non-event nights. Reservations are now being accepted at 604 340 3445.

The Cultch – a once-abandoned 100 year old Methodist church – has developed into a national treasure and BC’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural institutions. For nearly four decades, The Cultch has hosted a stunning array of contemporary theatre, dance and music including jazz great Sonny Rollins, Sting, La La La Human Steps, Crystal Pite (Kidd Pivot), the Steve Miller Band, Spalding Grey’s Monster in a Box and Jello Biafra to name a few.


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